Participatory Budgeting, HONK! … and More!
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UNION SQUARE REDESIGN
Focuses more on people than vehicles
FROM CAMBRIDGE DAY
SCATV RELEASES 2023 CANDIDATE PROFILES
Watch the candidate profile videos here.
PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING VOTE DEADLINE APPROACHING
Mayor Katjana Ballantyne is inviting all Somerville residents ages 12 and older to vote in the City’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting process. Voting is open through Friday, October 13, 2023. The City will begin taking steps toward implementing the winning projects later this fall.
The Somerville community submitted more than 900 ideas for consideration. Throughout the summer, budget delegate volunteers collaborated closely with City staff to evaluate each idea’s need, impact, feasibility, and cost to determine the final ballot proposals. Cast your votes here.
HONK! FESTIVAL RETURNS
The 18th annual gathering of activist street musicians began Thursday and the music goes until Sunday, October 8. Current count is at 33 bands, with this year’s participants hailing from all across the United States. With memberships as big as 30 players, many of this year’s festival participants will travel some distance (for example, from Georgia, Texas, California, Washington, Colorado) to join in this annual uproariously jubilant purposeful gathering held during Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend.
What is HONK! exactly, one might ask? HONK! is a very unique musical movement that first began right here in Somerville back in 2006. Out of those humble beginnings, HONK! has become a recognizable worldwide phenomenon that warrants its own Wikipedia entry.
7TH CURATED VINTAGE MARKET
Sunday, October 8th marks the return of the 7th Curated Vintage Market at Bow Market! Once again they are taking over Somerville Ave and all of Bow Market as 80+ vintage vendors from New England + beyond gather to bring the best & baddest vintage finds to the heart of Union Square, Somerville. Stroll down Somerville Ave and then head into the Bow Market courtyard for more vintage/food/beverage action. DO NOT MISS what’s happening Upstairs at Bow!! You’ll find more vendors including those in “Mender Row” working away, taking in small clothing repairs and scheduling larger projects and customizations for future dates – the artistry on display is a must see! Learn more here.
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